TREATMENT services for mental health patients in South Derbyshire are some of the most successful in the country, new figures have revealed.
The South Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recorded recovery rates of 52 per cent for patients with psychiatric problems - well above the national average of 44 per cent.
The CCG, which represented 57 GPs in the district, also offers face-to-face talking therapies to 15 per cent of those suffering from depression and anxiety – again beating the national average of 11 per cent.
The statistics have just been released from the Government’s Department for Health.
Speaking on behalf of the CCG, Dr Steve Lloyd, said: “Increased investment in mental health services is a top priority for Derbyshire as one in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives.
“It is good that there are more talking therapy services available.
“But we can all improve our mental health and wellbeing by taking more exercise, getting more sleep, drinking less alcohol and making more time to talk to friends.”
There are four CCGs which are responsible for providing healthcare services for Derbyshire.
All are in the top 30 of more than 200 commissioning groups nationwide for helping patients to recover from mental health problems and providing access to talking therapies.
Dr Lloyd added that the Derbyshire CCGs had been boosted by contracting five providers of psychological therapies to provide a wide choice of treatments for patients.
Healthcare leaders in Derbyshire passed on their expertise with the nation’s other top performers in a briefing with the Health Minister Norman Lamb.
Plans are also in the pipeline to make mental health nurses available to patients who call the NHS helpline 111.
Anyone who would like more information on what help is available to tackle psychiatric problems can visit www.rethink.org or www.samaritans.org.